Gardening Lab for Kids

Gardening Lab for Kids by Renata Brown

52 Fun Experiments to Learn, Grow, Harvest, Make, Play, and Enjoy Your Garden

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Format: Paperback / softback, 136 Pages
ISBN: 9781592539048
Publisher: Quarry Books
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A refreshing source of ideas to help your children learn to grow their own patch of earth, Gardening Lab for Kids encourages children to get outside and enjoy nature. This fun and creative book features 52 plant-related activities set into weekly lessons, beginning with learning to read maps to find your heat zone, moving through seeds, soil, composting, and then creating garden art and appreciating your natural surroundings. Author Renata Fossen Brown guides your family through fun opportunities learning about botany, ecology, the seasons, food, patience, insects, eating, and cooking. The labs can be used as singular projects or to build up to a year of hands-on outdoor experiences. The lessons in this book are open-ended to be explored over and over - with different results each time! Garden Lab for Kids is the perfect book for creative families, friends, and community groups and works as lesson plans for both experienced and new gardeners. Children of all ages and experience levels can be guided by adults and will enjoy these engaging exercises. So, slip on your muddy clothes, and get out and grow!

As Associate Director of Education, Renata Fossen Brown (Cleveland, OH) oversees the thousands of school children visiting Cleveland Botanical Garden yearly, as well as the development and implementation of teacher professional development workshops. She assisted in the planning and facilitating of a 10-day teacher workshop that traveled to Costa Rica to study biodiversity. Brown is involved in the writing of interpretation and exhibit graphics at the Garden and served as president of the Cleveland Regional Council of Science Teachers. Brown holds a B.A. in Biology from the University of Toledo and an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Bradley University, in Peoria, Illinois. She is certified to teach grades 7-12 science, and has been active in informal science education since 1993. As Assistant Curator of Education at the Toledo Zoo, Brown was responsible for all educational programs occurring on Zoo grounds, as well as researching and writing for their Emmy award winning television show, "Zoo Today." Creating and implementing their very first Earth Day Celebration is a task of which she is particularly proud. She continued her education role, while adding volunteer coordinator duties while working at Luthy Botanical Garden in Peoria, Illinois.A native Clevelander, Renata Fossen Brown gladly returned home in 2004 after a 15 year absence. She was named the Garden's Clara DeMallie Sherwin Chair in Education in December 2004. She is usually surrounded in her yard by her three dogs and prefers natives and perennials over annuals any day. She is particularly in love with purple coneflower.

As the Vice President of Education, Renata Fossen Brown oversees the thousands of school children visiting Cleveland Botanical Garden yearly, the development and implementation of teacher professional development workshops, the library, Hershey Children's Garden, and the garden's urban youth farming program, Green Corps. She assisted in the planning and facilitating of a ten-day teacher workshop in Costa Rica to study biodiversity. Brown is involved in the writing of interpretation and exhibit graphics at the garden and served as president of the Cleveland Regional Council of Science Teachers.

Brown holds a B.A. in biology from the University of Toledo and an M.A. in curriculum and instruction from Bradley University, in Peoria, Ill. She is certified to teach grades seven through twelve science, and has been active in informal science education since 1993.

As Assistant Curator of Education at the Toledo Zoo, Brown was responsible for all educational programs occurring on zoo grounds, as well as researching and writing for the zoo's Emmy award-winning television show, Zoo Today. Creating and implementing its very first Earth Day celebration is a task of which she is particularly proud. She continued her education role, while adding volunteer coordinator duties and working at Luthy Botanical Garden in Peoria.

A native Clevelander, Renata Fossen Brown gladly returned home in 2004 after a fifteen-year absence. She was named the garden's Clara DeMallie Sherwin Chair in Education in December 2004. She is usually surrounded in her yard by her three dogs and prefers natives and perennials over annuals any day. She is particularly in love with purple coneflower.

Format: Paperback / softback, 136 Pages
ISBN: 9781592539048
Illustrations: 250 color photos
Size: 8.75 in x 8.75 in x 0.5 in / 222.25 mm x 222.25 mm x 12.7 mm
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UNIT 1: Garden Basics
UNIT 2: Getting Started
LAB 1: Seeds in a Bag
LAB 2: Garden Design
LAB 3: Planting Spring Seeds
LAB 4: Egg Carton Seed Starting
LAB 5: Make a Garden Tool Tote
LAB 6: Garden Design Using Catalogs
LAB 7: Make Your Own Seed Tape 
LAB 8: Soil Percolation
LAB 9: Make a Rain Gauge
LAB 10: Make a Sprinkler
LAB 11: Plant a Tree
Unit 3: Theme Gardening
LAB 12: Butterfly Garden
LAB 13: Fairy Garden
LAB 14: Three Sisters Garden
LAB 15: Shoe Garden
LAB 16: Tropical Porch Container
LAB 17: Table Top Color Wheel
LAB 18: Mini Pizza Garden
LAB 19: Salsa Garden
LAB 20: Herb Spiral
LAB 21: Potato Tire Tower
UNIT 4: Green Gardening
LAB 22: Pollinator Palace
LAB 23: Wee Worm Bin
LAB 24: Toad Abode
LAB 25: Rain Barrels
LAB 26: Make a Compost Bin
LAB 27: Make a Cold Frame
LAB 28: Bug Scavenger Hunt
LAB 29: Make a Bird Feeder
LAB 30: Make a Desert Terrarium
LAB 31: Nesting Material Apparatus
UNIT 5: Garden Art
LAB 32: Stepping Stones
LAB 33: Wind Chimes
LAB 34: Make Your Own Plant Labels
LAB 35: Soup Can Luminaries
LAB 36: Make a Sweet Pea Teepee
LAB 37: Hypertufa Planter
LAB 38: Make a Birdbath
LAB 39: Playing with Pots
LAB 40: Rock Bugs
LAB 41: Clay Pot Water Fountain
UNIT 6: Enjoying Your Garden
LAB 42: Make a Garden Journal
LAB 43: Garden Poetry
LAB 44: A Place to Rest
LAB 45: Grow a Garden Fort
LAB 46: Sleepy Herb Sachets
LAB 47: Make a Plant Press
LAB 48: Grassy Garden Gnomes
LAB 49: Flower Arrangement
LAB 50: Garden Magnet
LAB 51: Garden Gift Bag
LAB 52: Seed Mosaic Note Card
 
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"This fun collection of DIY activities – or gardening 'experiments,' as the author calls them – ranges from building rain barrels and gardening tool boxes to making a desert terrarium or growing a tropical porch container. My kids were immediately drawn to the projects in this book; my daughter has big plans for the fairy garden, and my son wants to make a sprinkler. And we're all fans of the mini pizza garden that helps us grow our own tomatoes, peppers, onions, basil and oregano." - CoolMomPicks.com

'beautifully presented, and the ideas are lovely'